Location: Warren County IA

Biographical Sketch of A. H. McLure

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now A. H. McLure is a native of Clinton county, Indiana, and was born May 14, 1838. His parents, Thomas and Ruth McClure, were both natives of Virginia. When the subject of our sketch was one year old his parents moved to Howard county, Indiana, and thirteen years later they moved to Warren county, Iowa, where he was reared upon a farm and educated in the common schools. He enlisted June 13, 1861, in Company D, First Regiment Iowa Cavalry, and was soon after appointed company bugler, and was regiment bugler the last year of his time. He was in the battles of Kane Hill, Prairie Grove, Honey Springs, and many smaller ones. After his discharge he returned to Iowa; and in 1868, came to this county. Mr. McClure was married, March 13, 1866, to Miss Martha J. Rogers, who was born in Nichols county, Virginia, July 6, 1851. They have five children; namely, Charles. T., born July 15, 1867; Francis S., born August 23, 1868; Laura D., born August 18, 1870; Elwood H., born November 23, 1874; and John A., born March 10,...

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Biographical Sketch of Felix G. Cowan

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Richard Cowan was born October 9, 1839, in Georgia, and married in April, 1865, in Illinois, Elzada Allen, born November 22, 1840, in Tennessee. They were the parents of Felix G. Cowan, born July 22, 1866, in Illinois; and Sarah Cowan, who married James A. Thompson, and is now deceased. Mr. Cowan was educated in the Cherokee Nation, and married on June 1, 1886, Lulu Murry, and on March 22, 1909, he married at Indianola, Iowa, Rebecca Blair, daughter of Calvin C., and Cirthia Blair. Mrs. Cowan had three brothers and one sister as follows: William E., Jane A., Almus C., and Joel O., Blair. Only the latter is now living. Mr. Cowan was in the mercantile business in Vinita for twenty-seven years. He was elected County Commissioner of Craig County on November 5, 1918, but resigned from this office and was appointed steward of the State Hospital at Vinita. Pleasant, urbane and gentlemanly, Mr. Cowan has a host of friends. He is a member of the Methodist church, Hill Crest Club, Masons, Shriners, Odd Fellows, Modern Woodmen of America, Fraternal Aid, and Elks fraternities. He, was a member of the City Council of Vinita for twelve years, part of the time of which he acted as...

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Biography of William C. Gillihan

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now William C. Gillihan was born near McComb, McDonough county, Illinois, April 1, 1841. When he had reached the age of four years his parents removed to Arkansas, and settled near Crawfordsville, Crawford county, and there his father died after a two years residence. In 1847 his mother removed to Iowa, and after several changes, finally settled in Warren county, near Indianola, where they lived until 1855, when (his mother having become Mrs. M. R. Richardson) they removed to Daviess county, seven miles south of Gallatin, and here he lived until 1858. He then left home and began the struggle of life for himself, and obtained most of his education after that date, attending the common schools of Daviess county in 1858 and 1859, and the high school at Gallatin in 1860 and 1661. In February, 1862, he joined the Federal army, enlisting in Company A, First Regiment, Volunteer Cavalry, Missouri State Militia, and served three years, participating in the battles and skirmishes in which his command en: gaged, the most severe being the battles of Independence, Boonville, Mine Creek, Jefferson City and Big Blue, during Price’s last raid through Missouri in 1864. Receiving his honorable discharge from the service he re-turned to Gallatin, arriving February 11, 1865. He entered the office of Judge Samuel A. Richardson...

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Biographical Sketch of Richard H. Hart

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now This capable and enterprising stock man and farmer of the vicinity of Jordan Valley is one of the substantial men of Malheur County, and is numbered with the earliest pioneers who broke sod in this section, and it is to his credit that he has constantly labored for the welfare of the country and its up building in a worthy manner ever since that time. Mr. Hart was born in Indiana, on April 18, 1849, the son of John K. and Eliza Hart. When he was one rear of age, his parents removed to Iowa and there he received his education and remained until he had reached his majority. 1871 was the (late when he came to Malheur County and located a preemption where his estate is now located, being one-half mile west from the village of Jordan Valley. He now has one of the tine estates of the County, well improved and producing abundant dividends annually. In addition to this generous holding he has eight hundred and forty acres of land on Cow creek. Mr. Hart has two hundred horses, and as many cattle and is one of the leaders in the realm of raising stock, being both expert and progressive in this work. He was here during the Indian outbreak in 1878 and rendered...

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Biography of James B. Roberts, M. D.

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now James B. Roberts, M. D. A physician and surgeon of broad and successful experience, Dr. James B. Roberts had practiced for many years in Kansas, and had long been the leader in professional circles at Goff in Nemaha County. Doctor Roberts was born in Newton County, Indiana, February 18, 1857. His Roberts’ ancestors came originally from Wales and were pioneers in the State of Indiana. His father, Thomas Roberts, was born in that state in 1823 and became a pioneer in the northwestern part of the state in Newton County, where he followed farming until his death in 1858, when Doctor Roberts was only one year old. He was a democrat and a member of the Baptist Church. Thomas Roberts married Sarah A. Anderson, who was born in Ohio in 1829 and died at Des Moines, Iowa, in 1897. Doctor Roberts was the youngest of their four children. Amanda Ann, the oldest, died at Kansas City, Missouri, in 1909. She married Frank Smith, a brick mason and plasterer, who died in Omaha, Nebraska. William J., the second of the children, graduated from the Eclectic Medical University at Des Moines, Iowa, and was a succeasful physician and surgeon practicing at Springfield, Nebraska, until his death in 1897. Jennie is the wife of W. H. Jones, a real...

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Biography of Robert V. Cozier

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now On the roll of Idaho’s statesmen and eminent representatives of the bar is found the name of Hon. Robert V. Cozier, who has left the impress of his individuality upon the legislation and public progress. He is a man of strong mentality, of marked patriotism and broad humanitarian principles, and is therefore well fitted for leadership in the public movements which affect the welfare of the commonwealth. He is now acceptably filling the position of United States attorney for Idaho, and his comprehensive knowledge of the principles of jurisprudence and his ability in handling intricate legal problems make him a most competent official. Robert V. Cozier is a native of Ohio, his birth having occurred in the town of Wapakoneta, October 20, 1867. He is of German and Irish lineage, but for several generations the family has been represented in America. His father, Rev. B. F. W. Cozier, was born in Pennsylvania in 1836, on what is now the battlefield of Gettysburg, and is a prominent minister in the Methodist Episcopal church, having devoted his entire life to preaching the gospel of peace and righteousness among men. In 1870 he removed to Iowa, where the greater part of his ministerial labor has been performed. For years he was a presiding elder, connected with different conferences in...

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Biographical Sketch of D. H. Dillon

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now D. H. Dillon, merchant, P. O. North Branch, was born in Keokuk County, Iowa, October 12, 1846. Enlisted in the United States army, in Company A, Forty-eighth Iowa Volunteer Infantry. Came to Jewell County, Kan., in 1873, and took a homestead ten miles northwest of Burr Oak, in Walnut Township. In the spring of 1878 Mr. Dillon established himself in business, carrying a general stock of goods. He built a building in 1882, 22×40 feet, and has the same well filled with goods. He was appointed postmaster in May 1878, and named the office North Branch. With Malen Lamb, he has laid out a town, which they called after the post office. He was married in Warren County, Iowa, April 30, 1866, to Miss Emma...

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Biographical Sketch of J. R. Moser

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now J. R. Moser, marble-works, was born in Warren County, Iowa, July 2, 1853. Removed to Madison County. In May, 1877, moved to Rush County, Kan, and came to Mankato, Jewell County, in 1878, and in December, 1881, established himself in the marble business. He is now doing a splendid business, shipping tombstones to different...

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Willis, Samuel E. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Samuel E. Willis Dies At His Shop Baker Merchant and Shoe Man Victim of attack of Apoplexy Samuel E. Willis, Baker merchant and shoe repairman, died in his shop on Broadway between Second and Third streets Monday Evening shortly after 5 o’clock of apoplexy He had apparently been in good health up to the time of his death. Mr. Willis operated a shoe store and cobbler shop on the present site of the J.C. Penny company for several years before moving his shop to Broadway. He has been in business in Baker ever since he moved here in 1915. Mr. Willis was born in Lacona, Warren county, Iowa December 30, 1865 and came to Oregon in 1897. He was married to E. Elizabeth Grandy in Baker July 2, 1918. The deceased is survived by his widow and a brother Albert A. Willis of Portland. Mrs A.C. Fielitz of The Dalles, daughter of mrs. Willis, arrived here this morning as a result of her step-father’s death. Funeral services have not been arranged. The body is in the West and Company Funeral Parlor Baker Democrat Herald, Baker, Baker County, Oregon, Tuesday, November 21,...

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Van Winkle, Eleanor Powell Staples Mrs. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Eleanor Van Winkle, 87, a former Baker City resident, died May 19, 2005, at her home in Indianola, Iowa. Her graveside service will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City, with Pastor Robin Harris officiating. Eleanor was born April 28, 1918, in Baker City. She went to grade school at Rye Valley and graduated in 1936 from Vale High School. She earned an accounting degree from LaSalle Extension University in Chicago. Eleanor was a welder in a shipyard during World War II. She worked as an accountant for Ore-Ida Frozen Foods for 25 years. In her spare time she was a farmer, 4-H leader, mechanic, seamstress, gardener and carpenter. Eleanor was a faithful member of the Baker Valley Christian Assembly for 19 years, serving as a Deaconess, Sunday School teacher, Missionettes leader, Ladies Bible Study speaker and visitation ministry. She was such a fun grandmother, doing cartwheels, backbends, splits and playing games and baseball with her grandchildren up into her 60s. She memorized several books of the Bible and could quote them to her grandchildren word for word. She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Janis and John Hart of Indianola, and Virginia and Monty Thompson of La Grande; a sister, Mary Ellen Groen of John Day; five grandchildren: Wayne...

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Biography of William T. McKay, M. D.

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now William T. McKay, M. D. In point of continuous service Doctor McKay is one of the oldest physicians in Southern Kansas, having located at Arkansas City thirty years ago. He had always maintained a position among the leaders of his profession, and besides his large private practice he had elevated standards of medical service and furnished additional facilities through Mercy Hospital, of which he is one of the proprietors. Doctor McKay was born at Indianola, Iowa, September 4, 1860, and is of Scotch-Irish descent. His ancestors were pioneers in Kentucky. His father, Charles McKay, was born at Bardstown, Kentucky, in 1827, and is still livng at Indianola, Iowa, nearly ninety years of age. He went to Iowa in 1847, for a time was clerk in a law office at Des Moines and then removed to Indianola, where for ten years he served as county clerk. He was also a banker and dry goods merchant in Indianola, but for twenty-seven years, until 1910, he held a position in the postmaster general’s office at Washington, D. C. He is a republican, a member of the Baptist Church and affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Charles McKay married Hannah Noble, who was born in Indiana in 1838 and died at Indianola, Iowa, in 1885. They were the...

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Willis, Samuel E. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Samuel E. Willis Dies At His Shop Baker Merchant and Shoe Man Victim of Attack of Apoplexy Samuel E. Willis, Baker Merchant and shoe repairman, died in his shop on Broadway and Third streets Monday evening shortly after 5 o’clock of Apoplexy. He had apparently been in good health up to the time of his death. Mr. Willis operated a shoe store and cobbler shop on the present site of the J.C. Penny Company for several years before moving his shop to Broadway. He has been in business in Baker ever since he moved here in 1915. Mr. Willis was born in Lacona, Warren County, Iowa December 30, 1865 and came to Oregon in 1897. He was married to E. Elizabeth Grandy in Baker, July 2, 1918. The deceased is survived by his widow and a brother Albert A. Willis of Portland, Mrs. A.C. Feilitz of The Dalles, daughter of Mrs. Willis, arrived here this morning as a result of her step-fathers death. Funeral services have not been arranged. The body is in the West and Company funeral parlors. Source: Baker Democrat Herald, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 1933, Baker, Baker County, Oregon Contributed by: Sue...

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